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Ancient Symbols, Computational Linguistics and What Makes a Sequence of Symbols a Language? Debate continues…

17 Oct

The popular debate about the ancient Indus script and whether it constitutes a language system seems to continue with strong arguments and interesting examples:

A Response to Richard Sproat on Random Systems, Writing, and Entropy by Lee at al.

Entropy, the Indus Script, and Language:A Reply to R. Sproat by Rao et al.

Reply to Rao et al. and Lee et al. by Richard Sproat.

I think unless we settle on a definitive set of statistical tests that can tell if a given set of sequence is taken from a language we’ll see more of this debate. Whether such a set of tests can exist is a very interesting question by itself!

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2010 in Linguistics, Science

 

One response to “Ancient Symbols, Computational Linguistics and What Makes a Sequence of Symbols a Language? Debate continues…

  1. Venky@albrechtdurerblog

    August 26, 2012 at 12:50

    Recently I read a book by Dan Brown “The Lost Symbol”. It was very interesting and I came to know many things about ancient mysteries. This article has thrown more light on ancient mysteries. Thanks for an interesting article!!

     

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